Field of Dreams! Oh, and The Sandlot! And don't forget about The Natural!
That's right, a three way tie! After a lengthy nomination process we arrived at 9 films last week qualifying for the Best Baseball Movie of All Time. With well over a hundred votes Field of Dreams, The Sandlot, and The Natural all received 20% of the vote. The Sandlot and Field of Dreams had exactly the same number of votes, while The Natural was just one shy of the aforementioned. According to the Academy, a film within 3 votes of the winner will result in a tie. Therefore The Natural is to be included.
From the get go my money was on Field of Dreams or The Natural. I love the Natural. I specifically remember seeing it in the theater when I was eight. I can watch it over and over, and I often find myself quoting it in daily conversation. Years ago, when Dex and I visited the Hall of Fame we made sure to pay our respects.
I always liked Field of Dreams but I never would have considered it the absolute Best. I always ranked it behind The Natural and even Bull Durham. A few years ago that all changed when my wife and I visited Iowa. If you are a ballpark checklist kind of person this has to be included. It's truly magical and will make you appreciate the film that much more.
I was a little surprised by The Sandlot, perhaps it's because of my age. I would guess that some of us elders were too old in 1993 to embrace The Sandlot like others have. I suppose it's worthy.